USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses the reactions of the baseball community after David Ortiz was wounded in a shooting in the Dominican Republic.
David Ortiz underwent a second surgery after being transported to a Boston hospital on Monday night, according to his wife, Tiffany.
Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement issued through the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday that the surgery was successful. Ortiz, the retired Red Sox slugger, was shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night. At least one person has been charged so far in the incident.
“He is stable, awake and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days,” she wrote in the statement.
“On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the amazing staff at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly difficult time. We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery.”
Ortiz was shot at a bar in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, on Sunday night after two suspects approached him on a motorcycle, according to the Dominican National Police. The 43-year-old later underwent surgery at a local hospital.
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The motorcyclist, Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, who had a 2017 arrest for drug possession, was one of several people in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, a law-enforcement official in the Dominican Republic told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release details of the investigation.
A spokesman for prosecutors, Erick Montilla, said Féliz Garcia was charged as an accomplice to an attempted murder. Garcia’s lawyer, Deivi Solano, said his client had no idea who he’d picked up and what was about to happen when he stopped to take a fare.
Later, Julieta Tejeda, spokeswoman for the national prosecutor’s office, told reporters via WhatsApp that a second arrest had been made in the investigation. She declined to provide further details.
Oritz’s spokesperson, Leo López, told The Associated Press that Ortiz’s liver was damaged in the shooting, and doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intenstine.
Tiffany Ortiz did not offer details about the nature of Ortiz’s second surgery Monday night, after he was flown to Boston with the help of the Red Sox.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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